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If there’s one universal concern that consumes new parents, it’s sleep—both your little one’s and your own. In an effort to help everyone catch one or two more z’s upon baby’s arrival, consider a sage green nursery. Color psychologist Tash Bradley once told us that green is a top choice for creating a relaxing environment because “biophilic shades mentally bring us closer to nature and harmony.” So when the nesting stage hits, determine whether you want a splash or top-to-bottom color with the help of these calming sage nurseries. (Psst: We’ve got kids’ room inspiration, too.) Then cross your fingers and toes for some semi-solid shut-eye.

The Sage Green Nursery Celebrating Mother Nature

A nature-inspired paint color (Final Furlong by Little Greene Paint & Paper) was just the beginning when Sophie Ashby of Studio Ashby designed her daughter Gaia’s London nursery. She also brought in more literal takes on flora and fauna in the form of bold botanical upholstery, a painting of the South African mountains by local artist Anna van der Ploeg, and a blooming blown-glass chandelier.

The Sage Green Nursery With Just Enough Contrast

Photography by Eve Wilson; Editorial styling by Annie Portelli; As seen on The Design Files

For the perfect complement to her son’s sage nursery, painted in Mossa by Dulux, Australian designer Alessandra Smith simply looked across the color wheel. She landed on terracotta, which made its way onto the crib sheet, floor lamp, and play mat. Muddying up the red and green is what keeps the combo from shouting “Christmas.”

The Texture-on-Texture Sage Green Nursery

Courtesy of Marsh and Moss

For photographer Shannon Oleksak, paneling has been a crucial character builder in her family’s Charleston, South Carolina, new build—you’ll spot it everywhere from the kitchen island to the primary bathroom. The latest place for it to make an appearance is in her son’s nursery, where it gives the feature wall, coated in Sherwin-Williams’s Evergreen Fog, some added dimension. A woven bassinet, shades, and animal artwork help, too.

The Sage Green Nursery That Tricks the Eye

Photography by Melissa Fitzgerald West

A more sophisticated take on the primary hues that dominate the children’s decor market? Sky blue, marigold, and pops of scarlet red, all against a Sagebrush by Benjamin Moore backdrop. Designer Katie Davis stuck to this softer palette for practical reasons as much as aesthetics; the Houston nursery is on the smaller side, so anything too intense would be overkill.

The Statement-Making Sage Green Nursery

Courtesy of Kitty Patterson

In chunky stripe form, sage can be for maximalists, too. Rather than attempt to hang wallpaper to achieve her “quirky without being babyish” nursery vision (too time-consuming!), British mom Kitty Patterson went the paint route—Verdigris by Edward Bulmer to be exact—pairing the soft color with the palest of blues.

The Sage Green Nursery That’s Not About the Walls

Photography By Anna Stathaki

Joanna Landais, founder of Eklektik Studio, worked with the off-center window in this London nursery instead of against it, framing it in arched bookcases (one on the left, two on the right) and built-in closed storage for the inevitable explosion of toys. Although Green 14 by Lick only shows up on the doors and drawers, it steals the show thanks to ribbed fronts and oversize hardware.

The Sage Green Nursery That Divided and Conquered

Courtesy of Lisa Mettis and Anna Stathaki

Not only is a colorblocked half-wall a stellar option for color commitment–phobes, it can help create visual hierarchy. In this English nursery, designed by Born & Bred Studio, the crib and freestanding cabinet (not pictured) are both similar hues to the custom paint shade, encouraging them to fade somewhat into the background. Instead your eye is naturally drawn to the carved black fireplace and industrial floor-to-ceiling windows.